Summer 2017

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Flintshire childcare offer

Earlier this year, Flintshire was successful in its bid to be one of only seven Welsh councils to take part in the early implementation phase of the Welsh Government childcare offer.

The Welsh Government offer is for working parents of 3 and 4 year olds, up to a maximum of 30 hours a week of combined early education and childcare during term time, and up to 9 weeks of 30 hours of childcare per week during school holiday, for up to 48 weeks of the year.

It is recognised that affordable, available and accessible childcare will enable parents to work, supporting the Welsh Government’s drive to increase economic growth, tackle poverty and reduce inequalities

In Flintshire, it will be piloted from September 2017 in Buckley, Bagillt and Broughton, and within areas of Aston, Connahs Quay (Central and Golftyn), Garden City, Greenfield, Higher Shotton, Holywell (Central), Mancot, Queensferry and Sandycroft.

This will allow testing of the offer in areas of low and high employment, across travel to work routes, including travel outside Wales, and through a mixture of maintained and non-maintained settings. It will test capacity and demand of childcare along with how it fits with the Foundation Phase and Welsh medium provision.

Parents are eligible for the government funded childcare if at least one parent resides in the pilot areas listed above and:

  • both parents are working or where the sole parent is working in a lone parent family;
  • all parents, or co-habiting couples, in the household work the equivalent of 16 hours at national living wage or national minimum wage;
  • self-employed parents or parents on zero hours contracts, must meet the minimum earnings criteria over a three month period;
  • the child is age 3 or 4. The offer is available the term after the child’s 3rd birthday.

 

For further information, to check your eligibility and apply visit our website or for more information please contact the Flintshire Family Information Service on 01352 703500 or email: fisf@flintshire.gov.uk

Further areas will be added as the childcare offer is rolled out; please check the website for up-to-date information.

If you are a childcare provider you can find out further information on the links above or please contact, ‘The Childcare Offer’ team on 01244 545979.

 

 

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